Bill S3747-2011

Requires the commissioner of correctional services to permanently terminate the conjugal visit program, commonly known as the family reunion program

Requires the commissioner of corrections and community supervision to permanently terminate the conjugal visit program, commonly known as the family reunion program; further directs such commissioner to prohibit the establishment of any program designed to provide selected inmates and their families the opportunity to privately meet for an extended period of time.

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Actions

  • Jun 13, 2012: referred to correction
  • Jun 13, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 13, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 12, 2012: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1188
  • Jun 12, 2012: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Mar 7, 2012: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • Jun 16, 2011: referred to correction
  • Jun 16, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 16, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • May 9, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 4, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 3, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.533
  • Mar 3, 2011: REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Crime Victims, Crime and Correction - May 3, 2011
Ayes (9): Nozzolio, DeFrancisco, Gallivan, Griffo, Little, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Kennedy
Ayes W/R (2): Kruger, Peralta
Nays (3): Rivera, Hassell-Thompson, Montgomery
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Crime Victims, Crime and Correction - Mar 7, 2012
Ayes (9): Nozzolio, DeFrancisco, Gallivan, Griffo, Little, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Peralta
Ayes W/R (1): Kennedy
Nays (4): Rivera, Hassell-Thompson, Montgomery, Espaillat
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 12, 2012
Ayes (14): Skelos, Alesi, Farley, Fuschillo, Johnson, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Marcellino, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Saland, Seward, Sampson
Ayes W/R (3): Hannon, Breslin, Dilan
Nays (7): Duane, Hassell-Thompson, Montgomery, Parker, Perkins, Smith, Stewart-Cousins
Excused (1): Krueger

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3747               REVISED 03/04/11

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law, in relation to the commissioner of the department of correction's power to permanently terminate the conjugal visit program, referred to as the family reunion program

PURPOSE: This legislation would eliminate conjugal visits in New York State correctional facilities by removing the power of the Commissioner of Corrections to regulate the Family Reunion Program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: § 1 amends section 146 of the correction law.

JUSTIFICATION: In the 2010 New York State budget, then Governor Paterson proposed $800,000 for conjugal visit trailers at Five points Correctional Facility. The State of New York cannot reward its most hardened criminals - criminals who have committed violent and serious crimes with conjugal visits.

During these difficult economic times, we must critically examine every taxpayer dollar that New York State spends in order to find areas for potential savings. The Family Reunion Program is a costly and unnecessary prisoner luxury that New York can no longer afford in this difficult budget year. There is surely a greater need for this funding elsewhere to maintain critical services for our families and seniors or to provide much needed property tax relief for homeowners.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3747 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 3, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. NOZZOLIO, BONACIC, LARKIN, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction AN ACT to amend the correction law, in relation to the commissioner of the department of correction's power to permanently terminate the conjugal visit program, referred to as the family reunion program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 146 of the correction law is amended by adding a new subdivision 3 to read as follows: 3. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PERMANENTLY TERMINATE THE CONJUGAL VISIT PROGRAM REFERRED TO AS THE FAMILY REUNION PROGRAM SET FORTH IN PART TWO HUNDRED TWENTY OF TITLE SEVEN OF THE NEW YORK CODE, RULES AND REGU- LATIONS. SUCH COMMISSIONER SHALL FURTHER PROHIBIT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ANY PROGRAM DESIGNED TO PROVIDE SELECTED INMATES AND THEIR FAMILIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET PRIVATELY FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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